Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has revealed Diego Costa was his first-choice signing this summer.
The Argentine coach ended up settling for Sevilla ace Kevin Gameiro when Costa couldn’t be pried away from Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Spanish programme Espacio Reservado, he said: “The club worked on the possibility of Diego Costa’s arrival and after that did not advance, we were always very clear with Gameiro. Always.
“When I spoke on the phone with him (Gameiro), I told him we wanted to bring Costa and he was the alternative.
“I bet entirely on him and he wanted to be the forward to join us this year.”